CoreNet Global Recognizes the Best of the Best

Even though futurists were on hand at the CoreNet Global Summit in Seattle to predict a world we can hardly imagine (with flying cars) these are exciting times to be a part of the corporate real estate (CRE) profession.

Indeed, almost 3,000 corporate real estate end users, service providers and economic developers convened to consider the current (and future) state of CRE, with expert speakers providing thought leadership on a wide range of topics from facilities management and food service to robots, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

And among those, the best of the best was selected in several categories at CoreNet Global’s annual Recognition Dinner.Read more


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CoreNet Global Day Two: Bring Your ‘A’ Game

CoreNet Global attendees at the North American Summit in Seattle began their day Tuesday with a peek at WikiTribune, a new news site being launched by Wikipedia. And they heard it first hand, from Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia. Wikipedia, Wales said, is the 5th highest trafficked site on the web, with 40 million articles, in 284 languages and 400 unique visitors every month. 

It was a rare opportunity to hear from a true Internet pioneer. And his message to the corporate real estate professionals: Too often people think in mysterious ways about their online community, hoping for some kind of magic. These are people, these are your people. What do they want to accomplish and how can you help them? Read more


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CoreNet Global Day One: Eat, Park, Live

“You Never Know What You’re Going to Learn at a CoreNet Global Summit”

The roughly 3,000 corporate real estate professionals attending the North American Summit in Seattle this week started their conference with a jolt when Peter Diamandis, Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University, explained the tangible effects that the exponential growth of computing power will have on corporate real estate. 

“Whenever you digitize anything it enters a period of slow deceptive growth,  and then it becomes disruptive.” And Diamandis used the confluence of ride sharing and self-driven cars as an example. He predicted that autonomous cars will be make an appearance within the next year, and will become a dominant force in five years. He predicted that with the pervasiveness of ride sharing services, it will no longer be cost-effective to own a car, and he said that as a result, car ownership will be dead by 2025. Read more


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How Gen Z will Change the World

David and Jonah Stillman are a father-and-son duo who aim to shatter the myths surrounding Gen Z through public speaking and the publication of their co-authored book, Gen Z @ Work. Alongside his Gen X father, recent high school graduate, Jonah, explores firsthand what it means to be part of Gen Z. As the first class of Gen Z enters the workforce, they number over 70 million, surpassing their predecessors in size. By 2020, they are expected to represent 40% of US consumers. It’s no wonder this newest generation is a widely studied one.Read more


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Boosting the Employee Experience while Helping the Environment

In Seattle – one of the fastest-growing major cities in the United States – transportation support is quickly becoming a major initiative for companies in the battle to recruit and retain talent. At Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in suburban Redmond, the company has proactively sought ways to mitigate traffic congestion and support both the mobility (and sanity) of its employees.Read more


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Bringing the Power of Learning to India

 

CoreNet Global has reshaped the approach to the India market when it comes to the delivery of the Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program. Normally, the average timeframe for an MCR candidate to complete the program is around 2.5-3years.

Corporate real estate professionals residing in India are now being offered the chance to complete the MCR program in 16 months without the need to travel outside of India. As well as a time completion incentive, there is also a cost-saving incentive to register for this India MCR Group Program.Read more


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Corporate Real Estate Managers Embrace Coworking

Co-working, the style of work marked by open shared spaces among workers of different companies and popularized by “solopreneurs” and tech workers, is quickly being embraced by those who manage real estate needs for large corporations.

The trend is explored in a new whitepaper, The Evolution of Co-working and Impact on CRE, released by CoreNet Global, the association for corporate real estate professionals.Read more


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Site Selection With One Click?

Well this is it! The day that every city, state and municipality is responding to Amazon’s request for proposals for a second headquarters.

USA Today published a list of all those vying for it.

According to the BBC, when Amazon issued its request it cited several criteria:Read more


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Active Architecture: People, Spaces, and the Live Link that Connects Them

By Matthew Claudel, Head of Research, Beco / MIT DesignX

The innovation economy has redefined what it means to work. What you do, where and when you do it, who you do it for and who you do it with – these are all profoundly different than they were a decade ago. Businesses that effectively support rapid ideation, collaborative development and agile integration have a clear competitive advantage, and they are also more attractive places for hiring talent. This becomes a feedback loop, benefitting the firm as a whole and its individual employees. The inverse is also true – difficult organizational structures, disempowering roles, and unattractive places to work are quickly drained, in a market of rapidly shifting employment.

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Geopolitical Risk and Corporate Real Estate

If geopolitical risk isn’t high on the corporate real estate (CRE) agenda, it probably should be.

Why? As discussed in a breakout session at the CoreNet Global Summit – EMEA, a 2017 McKinsey survey of more than 1,000 CEOs found that the three greatest risks to global economic growth over the next 12 months are geopolitical instability, transition of political leadership, and changes in trade policy.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

More than a year ago, citizens in the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a move that is now known as Brexit.

While the intentions of the vote are more than clear, exactly how and when Brexit will take place is the stuff of endless debate and analysis. But change is most definitely coming, and for companies that have headquarters or even operations in the UK, there is a lot to figure out and a lot on the line.

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A Global Community

With the rest of the world, we are watching with sadness  as the citizens of Texas (and, now, Louisiana) battle one of the country’s worst – if not the worst – natural disasters in history. Our thoughts are also with those suffering in South Asia, as monsoon rains have created a trail of destruction across India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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